game number 163. this season, that wasn't the case. bottom second, no outs. twins trailing 1-0. jim thome, cracking his 589th career home run. the 9th player with 14-plus seasons with 21-plus homers. bottom of the ninth, game tied at 4-4. two on, two out for denard span. opposite field. danny valencia, come on down. a 44 run eighth for minnesota. for a win and a loss by the white sox in oakland, the a.l. central is minnesota. paul konerko, two outs, top of the ninth. he grounds out meekly to second base. that said, the white sox end up losing 7-2. so, the a.l. central belongs to those twins. which had the champagne at the ready, from target field. they won the a.l. central six times in the last nine years.